The Power of the Myth

by Rachel Baker on December 15, 2014

Myth is a powerful thing; and for the most part, its a part of everything we do. Most books draw on some sort of myth, video games draw on and create myth; and if you want to be even a little bit cynical, even our politics are full of myth.

This is an interesting article by Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and now The Cat’s Pajamas, about myth in writing. Its not the most informative article, but its got some interesting ideas (like seeing Dr. Seuss from the eyes of the intellect rather than the child.).

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The Cat’s Pajamas relies on the power of myth to explain ourselves to ourselves. This is why we began telling stories at all, and why we continue to, and why storytelling and writers are so important, so crucial, to our conceptions of culture, history and the future. As Karen Armstrong writes in A Short History of Myth:

We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbours and customs.

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